UA Food Product and Safety Lab announces hiring of new manager

April 3, 2023

The University of Arizona School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences is thrilled to announce the hiring of Francisco Javier Valenzuela as the Manager of the UArizona Food Product and Safety Lab (FPSL).

Valenzuela brings a wealth of industry and business experience to the FPSL. For the past 11 years, Valenzuela has been the Plant Manager at beef processor Procesadora y Empacadora Ganadera de Son in Hermosillo, Sonora—a facility with 120 employees, harvesting 60 cattle per hour.

Valenzuela earned a bachelor’s degree in financial management at the Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Monterrey in Guadalajara in 2000, and a master’s in business administration in 2014. He has also held managerial positions at Curtiss-Wright in Nogales, Sonora; Sargent Controls & Aerospace in Guaymas, Sonora, and Trane in Monterrey, Nuevo León.

In his new position, Valenzuela will be responsible for both the operational and fiscal management of the FPSL. Valenzuela will manage the FPSL’s role in facilitating UArizona’s teaching, research and extension missions, while ensuring compliance with USDA-FSIS meat inspection regulations and delivering high quality services and products for FPSL clients and stakeholders.